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Colby Lewis to have hip surgery, miss rest of 2013

Colby Lewis is undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his hip. As a result, he will not pitch in 2013

Stephen Dunn

Per the beat reporters on Twitter, Ranger righthander Colby Lewis will miss the rest of the 2013 season due to hip surgery.

Lewis, who has been dealing with hip problems for several years now, and Lewis believes the hip problem has impacted his mechanics and led to other problems. He will have bone spurs removed.

Lewis was a stalwart in the Ranger rotation from 2010, when he re-joined the team after a successful stint in Japan, until midway through last season, when he underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. It was hoped that he would return as soon as May, but after this setback, it appears he will not pitch at all in 2013.

Jeff Wilson has a blog post up with quotes from Jon Daniels, who says that, despite Lewis's pain tolerance, continuing to try to pitch through the hip problem would potentially put his arm at risk. Daniels also says they would like to bring Lewis back in 2014.

This is sad news. I've been a big Colby Lewis fan since his return, and feel like he was a huge part of the team's ability to reach the World Series in 2010 and 2011. Everyone around the team raves about his work ethic and the example he provides for the team's younger pitchers, and its really disappointing that, after his hard work to try to come back this season, he's going to end up not being able to pitch in the majors after all.